10 Favourite Books of 2019

In 2019, I read only 40-50 books. This is very little for me, and for the first time since I began reading in earnest, many of the books were directly related to my music business. Another change is that many of them were autobiographical instead of my regular readings about business and psychology.

Below is are my favourites of 2019 (in order), along with their basic premise, and the way in which they’ve influenced my life this year:

Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds

Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine

How to Raise Your Self-Esteem: The Proven Action-Oriented Approach to Greater Self-Respect and Self-Confidence

The Story of Motown

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

All You Need to Know About the Music Business: 10th Edition

Leaves of Grass: The Original 1855 Edition

Below are the Runner-Ups:

  1. Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life
  2. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
  3. Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World
  4. Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic & the Domestic
  5. The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America’s Banana King
  6. Shut Up and Listen!: Hard Business Truths that Will Help You Succeed
  7. The Fountainhead
  8. Jiu-Jitsu University